Modry Efekt - Svet Hledacu. 1979 Czech Republic
Svět Hledačů. 1979 Panton
CD reissues: 1999 Bonton; 2009 Supraphon (as The Blue Effect 1969-1989 9 CD compilation); 2014 Belle Antique (Japan mini-LP)
Svět Hledačů is the 6th album from Modry Efekt (not counting split and English language re-recordings). The band continues their journey down the symphonic fusion path, both looking forward and backward. On the forward side, and I mean that historically not artistically, the group displays more of a late 70s funky feel into the music. On the backward side, or what we would now call "retro", Modry Efekt peppers in some early 70s progressive rock themes. There's a couple of places I recognized the type of composition Genesis might come up with in 1972 - sung in Czech mind you. Through it all, Hladik continues to demonstrate his supreme guitar acumen. And the production is outstanding with a particularly fat sound that is highly appealing to the modern ear I would like to think. Not their best album, but certainly in the conversation.